Internship History

2010 JJ Vance Interns

The 2010 JJ Vance Memorial summer interns celebrated the successful completion of a challenging 8-week research program, working alongside expert faculty and post-doctoral fellows at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG) on August 12. The interns were joined by their families and mentors for a luncheon in which they were given the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge that they attained from their internship experiences.

The JJ Vance Memorial summer internship in biological and computational sciences offers rising seniors from Miami-area high schools a unique opportunity to gain hands-on research experience. Over 30 of the area’s brightest students were candidates for the internship positions this year. The 2010 JJ Vance Memorial summer interns assisted researchers with ongoing projects such as candidate gene sequencing for a study that has researchers examining over 500 individuals to identify whether possible genetic alterations in the methyl-CpG-binding domain (MBD) family of genes may be related to autism. In addition to other things, the students learned how to Sanger sequence people in a high throughput manner using robotics (BioMek) and to evaluate the data using online public databases.

The JJ Vance Memorial summer internship was established by Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., director of the HIHG, and Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, in the memory of their son Jeffery Joseph (JJ), who died of a blood clotting disorder at 14.

Yates Brown, a 2010 JJ Vance Memorial summer intern stated that, “This internship gave me the opportunity to further develop my career goals. Before I began this internship, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to study in college. Now I’m thinking about majoring in biology.”

“This internship has provided me with many great hands-on learning experiences,” said intern Adrian Sanchez-Roig. “I think that this internship can really benefit students like me who are interested in the medical field and who want to learn about the research process.”

Intern Jose Delvilla pointed out that, “Learning about the research process could be challenging, but it will be worth it in the long run.”

Jose thinks that he will be able to apply much of what he learned as an intern to his future endeavors.Candidates for the 2011 JJ Vance Memorial summer internship must submit a completed application transcript request, 2 letters of recommendations from teachers (at least 1must be from a science teacher), and a personal statement (1 single-spaced page describing career goals and how this program will help the candidate achieve those goals). The JJ Vance Memorial Summer internship is partially funded by the JJ Vance Foundation.